The PLAY Sports Coalition got some good news on Monday as Congressman Max Rose (New York) introduced the COVID-19 Youth Sports and Working Families Relief Act. The new legislation would equip working families with the financial tools to bounce back from this economic crisis and help save the organizations which serve as cultural bedrocks of our communities, which have seen at least $8.5 billion in losses nationwide due to COVID-19.

PLAY Sports, which stands for Promoting Local and Youth Sports, is a unique coalition of community and national sports organizations and leaders formed to support young athletes, working families, coaches and volunteers across all 50 states, particularly those in underserved areas, through the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond. US Lacrosse CEO Steve Stenersen is serving on the advisory council for the coalition, which includes more than 1,500 youth sports organizations around the country.

The mission of PLAY Sports is to ensure that youth and local sports survive and thrive coming out of this pandemic, providing families, and especially youth, opportunities for physical and mental health, character and leadership development and repairing a society that needs community, connectivity and joy.

The PLAY Sports Coalition asks individuals to support its effort in three ways:

  • Send an automated letter through its Take Action Center to your congressional representatives asking for support and that they join the cause as sponsors of the legislation.

  • Thank Rep. Rose on social media for his leadership and tenacity in the fight to preserve youth sports in America. Let’s get it trending with the hashtag #Unite2PLAY. Here are links to his TwitterFacebook, and Instagram

  • Forward this note to your networks and social media followers to ask them to do #1 and #2.